Friday, August 29, 2014

The Crazies Get Inspired

On the Crazy4Challenges Blog you will see the inspiration colors and pictures we were to use for this week's challenge.  I went with some of the colors and also the floral aspect of the image.  The only stamping done was the sentiment.  I used an MFT die cut for my lacey panel, an Impression Obsession die for the hollyhocks, and a Just Rite die cut for the back panel.  I embossed the background and added a touch of bling to the hollyhocks.

Be sure to visit the Crazies Blog to see the fab creations inspired by this challenge.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The CCEEers Play with Herringbone

This week the CCEE Stampers have a technique challenge.  We were to use the herringbone technique to create our background.  There is a fabulous tutorial for this on Splitcoast.  Once you cut your strips, it is very easy.

I did mine with what I consider to be more masculine colors.  I always have lots of feminine cards, but am lacking with the masculine category.  I did not put a sentiment as this card could be for many occasions.  When I use it I will add an appropriate sentiment.

Now......try to take the time to go to the CCEE Blog to see the fabulous cards the DT created with this technique.  They will inspire you!!!!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Happy 3rd B'day, Teddy!!!

Today is Teddy's third how time has flown by. He is our rescue Shih Tzu, and is one of the loves of our lives.

Happy Birthday, Teddy!!! 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Crazy4Challenges and Animals

Helen is the Crazy4Challenges hostess for August, and this week she asked us to use at least one animal on our cards/projects.  She added the twist of NO Bears or Bunnies!!!

I went with a pig.......this is from an old SU stamp set.  In real life, this is pretty in pink, but when I tried to get rid of the '"muddiness' of the photo it changed into a hot, hot. hot pink, so I left it muddy as the color is more true to life.

Be sure to visit the Crazies Blog to see the menagerie of animal creations....

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The CCEE Stampers Go Back to School.......

Well......that is not completely true.......I am NOT going back to school, but I will be attending my 9th First Day of School Breakfast for Retired Teachers that we have each year.  It is a great day when all of the retired teachers gather to celebrate that we are NOT going back to school.  Sounds terrible, doesn't it.......but most of us put in 35 or more years of teaching, and are now onto new and less demanding adventures now.  (I find it amazing that this will mark the start of my NINTH year of retirement.  Time has truly flown by.

Not much stamping here......The sentiment is all the stamping I had to do and it is an SU stamp.  The rest of it is designer paper from DCWV.  The scissors are buttons.  I cut the shank off and glued them as 'decor' on my card.

Be sure to check out the other Back to School 'treats' at the CCEE Blog.

Friday, August 15, 2014

The Crazies Play with a Sketch

The Crazy4Challenges challenge this week is a sketch.  You can see the original sketch on the blog.

I did lots of punching and stenciliing.  The only stamping was the sentiment.  The upper punch piece was done with a Memory Box die, the punchwork on the center panel was done with an anywhere punch by Martha Stewart.  The background was done with a snowflake stencil which I colored only on one side of the background.  I used my Copics to color some white brads to match my background and base. 

This sketch really baffled me at first, but I must say that I do like the way this card finally turned out and I even stayed totally true to the sketch.  Guess that is why this is called a 'challenge', eh????

Be sure to see what the rest of this fabulous team does with the sketch at the Crazies Blog.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The CCEEers Say Goodbye

The challenge for the CCEE Stampers this week was to say goodbye.  It can be any kind of a a loved one who passed, someone going off to college, someone going on a trip......any type of goodbye you can thiink of.  I went with a sympathy card as my stash has gotten thin in this category plus I am building some new 'stashes' for holiday giving.  I used to make sets of cards, but now find that my friends enjoy getting a box of all occasion cards so that is my goal right now.

Be sure to go to the CCEE Stampers Blog to see the fabulous creations by this warm and friendly AND uber talented team.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Going 3D with the Crazies

The Crazy4Challenges DT was asked to go 3D this week.  I have been having some fun with my flower dies lately and decided to go with 3D flowers.

Please note that my sentiment panel in real life is crisp white.....not sure why it looks yellowed here.

Be sure to check out the Crazies Blog to see all the spectacular 3D project by the rest of this DT.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Ooooops.....I Am Late to the Fair

Had this done, but forgot to post it can check out the details for the challenge at the CCEE Blog.  I chose to do this card because at many of our local fairs the kids compete in a 'decorate your bicycle' competitions, along with getting safety instructions.